Back on Home Turf – 29/v/14

Apologies for the lateness of this post – I’ve been very busy with exams this past week. Last Thursday I left University early, and met my Dad at Newport. We reached Newport Wetlands’ Uskmouth reserve by ten o’clock, and shortly after the birds began to appear.

Whitethroat, and Cetti’s Warbler were singing from the bushes near the centre, and Dad got onto a Marsh Harrier quartering over the reedbeds at distance. The bird appeared to be a second-year male, but disappeared from view after a short while not to be seen again. The usual wetland species were on the reens – Pochard, Coot, Little Grebe, Little Egret etc.

Just around the corner, was the location where our target bird had spent the last few days. A pleasant twenty minute wait ensued, with a Bearded Tit giving brief flight views. A Sedge Warbler also showed well here along with several Reed Bunting, Swift and Swallow.

A loud reeling call came from the reeds in front of us, and the SAVI’S WARBLER came into view. It showed very well amongst the reeds at relatively close range for a short time, giving fantastic views down the scope. The plain plumage, with no streaks or marks was striking. The bird did show again briefly later on, but not as well as previously.

After a quick lunch at the centre, we moved on to Goldcliff pools. From the first hide, good numbers of Avocets were seen with an encouraging number of chicks this year. Shoveller, Redshank, Little Egret and Lapwing were all present in their usual numbers, and good numbers of Swallow, House Martin and Swift (with a single Sand Martin) were hunting insects over the lagoons. Four Little-Ringed Plover were present around the first lagoon, along with a summer plumage adult Little Stint which fed around the front of the island with a summer plumage Dunlin. Here is a dodgy record shot:

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Three Stock Doves later on, rounded of a decent visit and a great break from exam work.



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